La Parrillada: Another Restaurant in Arrears With the Tax Man

An alert FrontBurnervian tells us that La Parrillada, on Gaston, has also been shuttered for not paying its taxes. The same notice taped to Bailey’s has shown up on the door of this Mexican restaurant, which our FBvian guesses has been in business — had been in business — since 1995. Which reminds me: right next door is a bar called the Goat. Anyone ever darkened its door? I’ve been curious about that place for a long time.

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  • I’m thinking FB party at the Goat.

  • The Goat is actually called Lotus Goat and it’s a hipster hotspot. Local legend Carmen hosts karaoke there every weekend and it’s choked with hipsters.

  • Gwyon

    I thought it was Loda’s Goat. I spent many ugly nights and mornings there. I somehow emerged unstabbed.

  • Gwyon

    Oh, and La Parrillada had a walk-up window where you could buy dollar tacos. Some of the best I’ve ever had.

  • T Sizzle or Fizzle

    I beleive it used to be called Lota’s Goat and now it is called The Goat. I think they used to have Tecmo Bowl tournaments on Tuesday nights, but I have never been.

  • Erin

    Go to Taco Joint on Gaston and Peak… tacos are AWESOME.

  • @ Gwyon

    That makes so much more sense. I always wondered why it had “Lotus” in the name but as I never actually saw it written down, I defaulted to Lotus for some reason.

    I have walked (kind of) up to and stood in line at that La Parrillada taco window after The Goat finally kicks everyone out too many times.

    RIP drunk scenesters taco window.

  • mh

    La Parillada served a complimentary small bowl of beans that were awesome. I have noticed over the last few months that things didn’t seem to be going so well. They tried having a lunch buffett for a few months but that did not help. Good food and good prices. Hope they can re-open.

  • Me!

    I’ve been to the goat several times. Cheap cold beer and smoky as hell. I don’t know about hipster hotspot unless you count homeless guys with their heads on the table as hipsters.

  • miranda

    It is not lotus goat. It was lota’s goat but she left and now owns the Winedale. (Another fine establishment that opens at 7 am like the goat.)

    And no tournaments of anything on Tuesdays. Just good blues bands.

  • Gwyon

    Yeah, I never saw any hipsters there, but this was about five years ago. The place was cheap, dirty and depressing as hell. Just what I needed at the time.

  • miranda

    Hipsters? Not really.

  • Bob

    Same thing at Brother’s Fried Chicken on Gaston.

  • Let me clarify….the times I have gone were on weekends for karaoke and when I say “hipsters” I mean young people who like to go to divey bars that are off the beaten path.

    To further clarify, the first time I went to The Goat, it was described to me as we pulled up to it as “the bar where you will never see any fewer than 4 Native Americans at any given time.”

  • drew

    I pick up from Cigarz Pizza (great place BTW) next door all the time. I’ve never been inside The Goat, but the people I have seen coming and going (and hanging around outside) are not what I would categorize as hipsters. Once an older guy stumbling around outside the door was shouting racial slurs at some kids walking down the sidewalk.

    This is usually during the week though — maybe it’s different on the weekends.

  • MIssing Dots

    For the next bet, I think the loser should have to wear the gay shirt to The Goat.

  • Daniel

    Lota is the same old lady who owns The Winedale. Deep-down sweet in the way that Lucille-o’-the-Landing was.

  • Daniel

    Sorry, miranda already said that.

    Bonus: It used to be called The Office and was profoundly skeezy.

  • Daniel

    P.P.S. I like the idea of an FB party at the Goat.(Of course, it might be better left in its Idea form.)

  • Bob Loblaw

    I ate there once, a long time ago. There was some horrible ear-splitting band, which crushed any attempt at dinner conversation. I jokingly asked the waiter “which member of the band is the owner’s son?” (implying that there was no other possible way they could have gotten the gig). He pointed at the drummer. You got to really love your kid to let him destroy your business like that.

    Isn’t there a bar right next to it called “The Office?” I assumed it was attempted humor, you could say you were “at the office” when you were at the bar.

  • drew

    @Bob (the first one) — can you clarify “same thing at Brothers”? I hope it’s not what I think you mean.

  • MIssing Dots

    Drew – I think Bob was stating that Brothers has also closed due to taxes. I remember reading that in the comments of 1st & 10.

  • drew

    That’s what I was afraid of. I knew he couldn’t have meant that hipsters hang out there, but I was holding out hope that it wasn’t that they had closed.

    Uggh that is awful news…

  • miranda

    The Goat is full of all sorts of people. Most of them really nice. The staff makes a point to know people. It might not be hipster which is really OK. But it is an ok neighhood bar.

  • miranda

    Since this is my neighborhood. (I live next door in the Power Property)
    The band was run by the owner’s husband. And it was loud sometimes but they were usually really good. And you haven’t lived until you have seen Mexican Elvis. He was just awesome.

  • Daniel

    The band was indeed way, way too loud, but they were not awful — they were pretty damn good. Professional-level musicianship; they knew what they were doing and had decent chops. But very. LOUD.

  • I was told by a teacher I know really quite well that it was open at 8:00 on a snow day, when school closed and she and some other teachers wanted bloody mary’s. She said the bloody mary’s were good too.

  • HR

    Have taken many friends to the Goat for a drink (experience) before picking kids up at parents night out at Gaston YMCA. They make a great apple-tini. Suggest an oxygen mask when entering. Worth a visit.

  • Daniel

    It was at the Goat that a scary-looking biker, for whatever reason, took a shine to yr. corresp. and lectured me, at length, about the several species of outer-space reptiles that have infiltrated our fine species incognito. They live in vast underground networks with entry points in the polar regions; also, they live in the moon, which is actually a surveillance craft. Ever notice how you’ve never seen the other side of the moon? We both nodded, musing at the simple profundity of it — the ineluctability of what we now knew. The scales were falling from my eyes as he assumed an almost fatherly stance — it was a rite of passage, and the pain and exultation of it appealed to the tender side of this brawling, jailhouse-tattooed man.

    George W. Bush was from one of the lizard-races. And Bill Clinton was from the same one. I forget much of the rest of the narrative, as it was six or eight years ago, and he was buying me rounds, which followed one another faster than you can say Live To Ride.

  • Daniel

    Oh, they’re shape-shifting. That part’s important.

    Let it sink in, people.

  • Dubious Brother

    Missing Dots – The gay shirt to The Goat on Saturday night and then on to First Baptist downtown for Sunday morning service – without washing it of course.